This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on May 1, 2018
If you’re looking for gritty, action-packed and twisting romantic suspense with a super-spy vibe, then look no further. I was eager to give this new to me author and new series a go as soon as I took one look at the blurb. It jumped right into the thick of things and didn’t let go making me feel I was watching an action or thriller movie rather than merely reading print.
I Am Justice was an overall win. I’m all in with the secret society of sisters who trained to be lethal operatives and who fight human trafficking and injustice as shadowy vigilantes outside government and have equally powerful enemies. It’s a strong premise and looks to be a solid start for a new series.
I say ‘overall’ because there are also individual components that were distracting for me. I admit it, I’m tough on heroines and in this case it was several smaller things that started adding up. I found Justice engaging if I didn’t take her or others around her at her own word. She’s a hot head, impulsive and less skilled and trained than she is purported to be. I liked that she had deep feelings and they drove her, but at the same time, her feelings drove unwise actions and choices which kept me from buying in totally to her being a competent operative. I got a picture of her in my mind because of what she thought, said, and did, but then the descriptions of her wouldn’t mesh. Basically, I was told how good she was, but saw only fleeting evidence of it. I don’t know, I guess it’s me reading a ton of thrillers and seeing what black ops folks tend to be like and I found Justice naive and under-skilled for what she was attempting to pull off.
Then there was the pace and flow of the romance. Granted, it can be tricky to write a romance into an action packed suspense thriller story so I give it a little break. My struggle was that Justice rushed into her feelings, let her lust guide her, and the romance faster than someone like her normally would have- growing up tough and hard and betrayed by family into being sold or killed and then her work out in the dark, gritty underbelly of the world would have taken longer to make this sort of connection- or at least denied or put off the connection longer. I finally just let that go and went with it to an extent because I loved her with Sandesh.
And, that leads me to the strengths of this series. I loved the band out to save the world and make a family the way they did and I loved Sandesh as the hero and just what Justice needed. He’s had his own past and troubles to deal with and he’s competent and smart. He’s not intimidated by a woman like Justice.
I also enjoyed the thriller quality of not knowing who to trust. Anyone could be the betrayer from with in. The villain gets a voice in the narrative and I was okay with it, but didn’t really feel it added much.
So, all in all, this was a good start and I think people who love super strong heroines and gritty action will get a kick out of this new series.
My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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